Regretsy is shutting down

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51 Responses to “Regretsy is shutting down”

  1. My favorite part:

    If you had to go into a crafty business and sell your products on Etsy, what would it be?

    Handmade steampunk post-apocalyptic zombie-themed menstrual blood paintings on upcycled thrift store sweaters.

  2. Tyler Thorp says:

    This is what reddit.com/r/wtf is for.

  3. Vorple says:

    Your site was an inspiration, April. Love you. Looking forward to the next thing.

  4. oldtaku says:

    It’s the same thing with sites bagging on horrible kickstarters (of which there are plenty… both horrible kickstarters and sites bagging on them).

    How long can you do it before it sinks in that the people doing this are making more money than you are?

  5. aperturehead says:

    Sounds like April was over-worked. Writing jokes, doing Photoshop, writing emails. It’s a wonder she survived at all. Personally, if I write one joke by 3:00 pm, I considerate it a full day and wait to do my Photoshop and emails until the next week.

    • UnderachievingSheep says:

      eh, you know, that’s rather mean. Of course, in the grand scheme of things an overworked blogger is kinda funny. But one can do a job that is neither dangerous, nor physically taxing and still get burned out. Sure, we can do the trite thing and say “what about miners in Africa!” and then we all collectively laugh at the privileged white woman and her complains. However, that doesn’t make her all too real pain any less real. And to be honest, I’d rather live in a world where talented people who entertain us (no matter the medium) are also recognized for their work and their effort. That doesn’t detract from the suffering of others that have it worse. She did a great job of writing a blog that was appreciated by thousands. That gotta be worth more than just gratuitous snark.

      ETA: Also, she was instrumental in getting a Tardis shaped urn for a man that died, in his 20s, of brain cancer. It was his last wish and he passed away a few weeks after receiving the urn. Even if April had done nothing else but that in her entire blogging stint, it’s more than we can say about the vast majority of bloggers. She did something concrete that touched a dying man’s life. For that alone, she deserves way more than snark.

      • welcomeabored says:

        I think you’ve construed snark where none was offered.

      • April did a ton of cool charity stuff – I had a lot of respect for her in that regard.

        But that doesn’t mean that finding rubbish Etsy listings, posting them with one-liners and cobbling together a photoshop montage is so much work that getting 3 out a week was a push.

        I know exactly how much work is involved in every aspect of her job, and the only reason it could have burned her out (given the quantity of content being posted) is if it were a hobby she dedicated little time to, she did it full time but was really bad at all of those things, or she got bored.

        This has nothing to do with miners in Africa.

        [It's been noted that this wasn't her full time job. In which case her being overworked is understandable, to the extent where there should be no surprise that she was overworked, for her or us]

        • aperturehead says:

          I kind of figure April’s esteemed Regretsy site began to lose money (like many independent websites that have basically been crushed my Facebook) – if it were making money, April could have just delegated some of her taxing duties to someone else. It would make financial sense

          What we’re seeing now in 2012-2013 is the next wave of Internet marketing and related money-making Internet humor. Things online aren’t as innocent and carefree as they were in 2001-2004, just prior to the mighty Facebook Time-Sucking Revolution. Personally I think “making fun of stuff” on the Internet has run its course…the big players have figured out how to easily sell stuff online. The Internet is a shopping mall now, or rather PRIMARILY a shopping mall

        • Barry Bummer says:

          She was doing 4 posts a day for almost three years. That’s a far cry from your claim of “3 a week.”

          • Only if included in those 4 posts you count old re-posted material and entries about sending out CF4L packages ;)

            It used to be better, it got worse over time, as her interest wained I assume. It may have even improved again, maybe I just gave up on a bad period – but it did turn into more of a circle jerk for a bit, which I had little interest in.

    • Meh, she gave up on the site years ago.

      It’s been 3 updates a week and a deluge of ‘from the archives’ for a long while.

      Then there was that period where every new post was about merchandise for her fans – which was probably great for the vocal minority, but for the millions of people who dropped by daily to check out the latest regretsy is was confusing and pointless – more of a fan club than a blog.

      Her site, her rules – but it was given up on A LONG time ago.

      Also I agree with you: sure, what she did was a job. Most jobs are jobs, that’s kinda how it works.

    • You know that wasn’t actually her full-time job, right?  

  6. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    Sigh… we’ll miss you.  Curating the bad for the benefit of all is taxing.
    So long and thanks for all up the upcycled steampunk zombie apocalypse fish.

  7. Hopefully her awesome old site that Regretsy displaced comes back up~

  8. Lemoutan says:

    I guess it’s true what they say. “It costs nothing to say something nice”.

    Mawk ftw.

  9. talentless scum says:

    It’s real hard work being a full-time smartarse I guess

  10. UnderachievingSheep says:

    This is not too uncommon: blogger burnout. In my own experience (and coincidentally, I am in the middle of a blogger burnout phase), unless a blog is run by a collective of people who can post with relative frequency so that if one individual falls off the posting wagon, the others continue posting to keep the site fresh, this happens a lot. If I recall correctly, this burn out also happened to Hyperbole and a Half, which was wildly successful. Both Regretsy and Hyperbole and a Half spawned books and side projects and a degree of name recognition for the women involved and yet, not even those “perks” were enough to keep the sites running regularly. There is a point when it can become overwhelming, a burden of sorts.

    This is why, the future of blogging (at least for sites that become very popular and have a decent follow base) is collective. Also, the only way to carve a space in a media landscape that is more and more absorbed by the blogging powerhouses (Buzzfeed, Gawker, etc.).

    • Jerril says:

       The author of Hyperbole and a Half had a major depressive episode, disappeared for months, made an update explaining that she had a major depressive episode, and vanished.

      Frankly, I’ve been dreading finding out what what happened to her. But at least as of 11 months ago she posted on Reddit that she was still alive, so that’s good.

      • Hyperbole and a Half was wonderful – I think the situation is a little different though.

        I think that April should have started farming out the drudge work long ago if she wanted to keep the project alive; something that Hyperbole couldn’t do.

  11. Scott Rubin says:

    I completely understand not working on it anymore, just please don’t take it down. Why throw away all the hard work that was already done? Surely the hosting bill can’t be that much of a burden compared to the ongoing ad revenue from the archives? 

    If a painter retires, they wouldn’t set all their paintings on fire. People who quit web sites have to leave them up. At bare minimum notify people at archive.org and make sure its’ safe.

  12. Art says:

    Bloggers, although buoyed by the attention and accolades, soon notice that it’s an exercise in futility to spend that much time and effort without a commensurate salary.  She did a really great job with Regretsky and I fully understand her reasons for closing it down, even though she did not site finances as one of the reasons.

  13. Adam Brown says:

    Surprised no one has mentioned Drew-toothpaste’s “Worst Things For Sale” blog

  14. welcomeabored says:

    There’s something else I’ve noticed that would only have made April’s task a little harder.  More people on Etsy are acting as middlemen/resellers of stuff that is ‘crafty’, but that they don’t make themselves. 

    • haineux says:

      She tilted at that windmill, and Etsy basically told her to go screw. No doubt that made her a little more bitter.

      Just by the way, April has, in fact, hand-crafted “crap” — literally. One time she decided to liquidate some of her mountains of Hollywood detritus and weird stuff to gather a down payment on a house, and sewed up a whole shitload of “crap bags” — pillowcases with brown felt feces cartoons appliquéd.

      My bag contained (among other things) some horrid candy that was tied to a terrible movie, and a copy of Pia Zadora’s album of singing, which to this day gives me nightmares.

  15. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Why am I just finding out about this now?  So much for getting anything done today.

  16. Jorpho says:

    Hey, there’s still Cakewrecks.com , for now.  Personally, I had my fill of it a long time ago, but there it is.

  17. Dolphin Bunnywolf says:

    I miss Kuro5hin more than I’ll miss Regretsy.

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